Reflections on Healthy Eating:
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis are two key factors that help maintain a healthy mind and body. The word ‘diet’ can be quite daunting in itself, as it is often associated with outrageous eating regimes, but a diet, by definition, is simply the regular eating habits of an individual. Both adults and youth are influenced by the media to believe that certain diets will assist with weight loss, which is true to an extent, but this kind of mind-set often leads to a distorted sense of body-image and obsessive eating habits. These popularized diets are often unbalanced and focus on one or two food groups, which results in a lack of nutrients coming from other food sources. To help encourage more balanced eating habits, the Canada Food Guide was introduced to provide information on the recommended daily consumption quantities for each food group. The four main food groups in the guide include Grains, Fruits and Vegetables, Milk and Alternatives, and Meat and Alternative, along with Oils and Fats. When people choose to follow a balanced diet, it can create a sense of control over one’s health and other aspects of their life. It is essential to take care of our bodies to prevent cancer and other diseases, but also to have confidence in ourselves and what we choose to put into our bodies. I find it especially important to be aware of the kinds of food that I eat, and to know whether or not they will be beneficial to my health and have an overall positive effect on how I think and feel.
Reflections on Healthy Relationships:
Relationships are a part of everyday life, and we often don’t stop to analyze what it is that can distinguish a healthy relationship from an unhealthy one. When someone is a part of an unhealthy relationship, they may not even realize it because some of the warning signs can seem familiar or even acceptable to that individual. Some of these signs can include controlling, disrespectful or abusive behaviour, but sometimes they are not as obvious to the person(s) involved. People may stay in unhealthy relationships because they don’t realize that they are in one, or because they don’t know how to remove themselves from the situation. It is best to assess our day-to-day relationships with our family, friends, and peers, to try to recognize if they are similar to any of the symptoms of an unhealthy relationship. If this is the case, we should try instead to invest ourselves in relationships that result in more positive interactions and a mutual kindness and respect. Healthy relationships are not one-sided or manipulative, and both parties should feel comfortable to communicate with each other. Personally, I believe that communication plays a big role in maintaining healthy relationship, as it acts as a tool to convey ideas and opinions, as well as bring forth any problems that may occur. I find that it is sometimes difficult to establish long-lasting healthy relationships, but that the overall success of the relationship largely depends on both people’s willingness to commit to regular communications and essential values like trust, respect, and honesty.
Reflections on Bullying:
Bullying is an issue that draws a considerable amount of media attention, largely because of its prevalence in the North America and all around the world. We are often told of the tragic suicide deaths of young bullying victims, and despite the increase of attention and education around the subject, bullying still regularly occurs in schools and in the workplace. It is a problem that can affect any person at any age in some way or another, as a bully or a bullying victim. These roles are often interchangeable because bullies often have been a victim as well and are searching for a way to gain power or control over people or certain situations/conditions in their lives. Bullying can take place in many forms, physically and verbally, and can destroy the self-esteem of others and cause conditions like depression, which then can lead to suicidal thoughts. It is a viscous cycle that is slowly trying to be solved through awareness projects and education, though I believe that it would be near to impossible to eradicate all bullying. One can choose not to act in an abusive manner towards another person, but most victims don’t assert themselves because they feel powerless or helpless in the situation. To live in a bullying-free world, it would take every person on the planet to consciously make the decision to not bully others, but the definition of bullying is a personal opinion, and is often subjective. Because of this, bullying, as much as we hate to admit it, has become a permanent part of our society today.
Reflections on Drugs and Alcohol:
The use of drugs and alcohol is often a subject of curiosity for teenagers, and many adolescents succumb to this curiosity as drugs become readily available to them, often at social gatherings or parties. Although it is commonplace knowledge that there are negative effects relating to illegal drugs, teenagers often feel a sense of invincibility and try to assure themselves that a fatal overdose could never happen to them. These kinds of thinking patterns are partly responsible for the repeated uses of drugs and alcohol, which can lead to addiction. If teenagers can see that there were no consequences for using drugs or alcohol, they will continue to use it, which will result in continued damage to their bodies and mind. Drugs like marijuana are often referred to as ‘gateway drugs’ that can lead people into using harder, more dangerous drugs that introduce them to a kind of ‘drug culture’. Once addiction has set in and youths are using more and more life-threatening drugs, it becomes very difficult to remove one’s self from the situation. And although there is a bounty of educational resources available about refusing the use of illegal substances, the decision to partake in drinking or drugs is ultimately up to individual. Each person must make an educated choice for themselves; to protect themselves from a future of drug-reliance and addiction.
Reflections on STDs (STIs):
STDs like HIV and AIDS are major issue in many developing parts on the word, but they are also present first world countries like our own. Many people may contract these kinds of diseases because they are uneducated on the risks of having unprotected sex, and might not consult a medical doctor because they feel shame or embarrassment. Or, in other cases, people may not know they have contracted a disease and continue to pass it on to their sexual partners who then may pass it to their sexual partners and so on. The seemingly obvious solution to this problem is to abstain from sexual acts completely, or use sexual protection to reduce the risks of contracting or passing on a sexually transmitted disease. Of course, this will not eradicate STDs altogether, but it will lessen the amount of people who have to live with these kinds of diseases. If someone suspects they have a STD, it is advised to seek help from a medical professional, because there are many tests available to decide whether or not a patient has certain STDs. Unfortunately, there are some STDs, like HIV and AIDS, that do not have cure for them, so the only way to avoid infection is to try to prevent the likelihood of contraction from the start. And to be able to prevent contraction, people, especially youths, should be aware of protective measures that are available so that they can choose what options are safe and reasonable for themselves.
My Goal for Healthy Living: Animoto
My Goal for Healthy Relationships: Wordle Scramble
My Thoughts on Bullying: Flow chart (Please click on image to enlarge)